Diary of a Jewish Muslim

Kamal Ruhayyim
Translated by Sarah Enany


Egyptian Muslims and Jews were not always at odds. Before the Arab–Israeli wars, before the mass exodus of Jews from Egypt, there was harmony.

Spanning the 1930s to the 1960s, this sweeping novel accompanies Galal, a young boy with a Jewish mother and a Muslim father, through his childhood and boyhood in a vibrant popular quarter of Cairo. With his schoolboy crushes and teen rebellions, Galal is deeply Egyptian, knit tightly into the middle-class fabric of manners, morals, and traditions that cheerfully incorporates and transcends religion—a fabric about to be torn apart by a bigger world of politics that will put Galal’s very identity to the test.



Kamal Ruhayyim

Kamal Ruhayyim, born in Egypt in 1947, has a PhD in law from Cairo University. He is the author of a collection of short stories and five novels, including Days in the Diaspora (AUC Press, 2012) and Menorahs and Minarets (AUC Press, 2017). Through his career in the Egyptian police force and Interpol he has lived in Cairo and Paris.

Sarah Enany, with a PhD in drama, is an assistant professor in the English Department of Cairo University. Her translation credits include the acclaimed Arabic version of Les Misérables and Kamal Ruhayyim’s Days in the Diaspora (AUC Press, 2012) and Menorahs and Minarets (AUC Press, 2017).

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  • September 4th 2018
  • $17.95 / £9.99 / LE225
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9789774168413

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